halophile

[ hal-uh-fahyl ]
/ ˈhæl əˌfaɪl /

noun

any organism, as certain halobacteria and marine bacteria, that requires a salt-rich environment for its growth and survival.

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Origin of halophile

First recorded in 1835–45; halo- + -phile

OTHER WORDS FROM halophile

hal·o·phil·ic [hal-uh-fil-ik] /ˌhæl əˈfɪl ɪk/, ha·loph·i·lous [ha-lof-uh-luh s] /hæˈlɒf ə ləs/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for halophilic

halophile
/ (ˈhæləʊˌfaɪl) /

noun

an organism that thrives in an extremely salty environment, such as the Dead Sea

Derived forms of halophile

halophilic, adjective
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